If you’ve been reading along with me for the past couple of weeks and months, you’ll notice that I’ve become increasingly enamored with punk music. I’ve been listening to the stuff since the mid-‘90s, but it’s only in the past 18 or so months that the lyrical themes and in-your-face presentation of the music have started resonating inside me. So, it’s fitting that I return to Latin For Truth, a band whose earlier tunes I reviewed in August 2009, to provide yet another soundtrack for my musical journey.
Bringing over the three songs from that aforementioned project, the Diatribe Or Die! EP finds the quintet mixing in a little thrash and old school hardcore into its pissy, smart-assed skate-punk sound. The result is a eardrum-pounding record that isn’t interested in pushing musical boundaries per se, but would rather push your ass off the couch and out into the world to live a bit. Big, bristling guitar tones are the name of the game here, whether we’re talking about the MxPx-styled ballad that is “No Love Lawst” or the riotous pop-punk of “Socially Adrift, Physically In Tune.” In short, these six tracks fit seamlessly together and serve as a decent stopgap measure for a band with irrepressible energy that’s always touring while preparing its eventual debut full-length.